My wife got me the best birthday present ever. She got me a 15 gallon brew pot.
This thing is so stinking big I can stick both my boys in it and have room for veggies! (Note: I am NOT endorsing cannibalism! I’ll leave that to the British Navy. 😉 )
So, what do you need to do to when you have a new brewpot? Make beer. DUH!
Not knowing what to make and desiring a nice, drinkable winter type beer, I decided to do a double batch of my Lucky Stout.
So, on Saturday January 30th, after my shopping trip to Steinbarts and assembling the nozzle and thermometer on my bucket, I got started making beer.
So, here’s the funny part. I’m making 10 gallons of beer, right? I added the water to mash the grains, and the water level didn’t even come close to the thermometer level. Even when I accidentally added too much at first there wasn’t enough to reach the thermometer.
I had to resort to using my old fashioned thermometer. The thing that really struck me about this pot was how much space it took up on my stove.
I used two burners (front and back) to heat the pot. Mashed the grains for 45 minutes at 145 degrees, then sparged them.
Once I had my wort I began the boil and added my light malt extract and my hops.
The liquid light malt extract was added after 45 minutes, along with the flavor hops and the Irish Moss.
Notice the hops bag in the wort? Saves so much hassle trying to filter out all the hop pellets.
So, while all this was going on, I decided it was high time I put measurement marks on my bottling bucket. I also use this for fermentation as well when I’m in a pinch.
So, once done I evenly divided the wort up between two fermenters and topped them off to the 5 gallon mark. On Sunday I pitched the yeast. My initial gravity came out to 1.043 (after some calculations and fixing a mistake I made- I forgot the 12oz of cane sugar to the wort, so I added 6 oz to each fermenter once fermentation kicked in and calculated the difference it will make.)
So, Lord willing, I will bottle this over the weekend and have a buttload of beer. I can’t wait to try an all grain recipe to give this thing a proper workout!
Any recipe ideas, send them my way!